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2006 BLANC DE NOIRS - LATE DISGORGED
Blanc de Noirs (white from black) is the counterpart to Blanc de Blancs (white from white). Made primarily from the red grape Pinot Noir, this is a complex, medium-bodied, brut sparkling wine. Schramsberg pioneered the Blanc de Noirs style in the United States, releasing the first such American sparkler in 1967. The key to producing this complex Blanc de Noirs is our vast and varied focus on diverse cool-climate vineyards. Pinot Noir from Carneros and Anderson Valley combine with fruit from low-yielding Sonoma and Marin coastal vineyards to develop a sparkling wine with a breadth of fruitful aroma and flavor. Select Chardonnay lots give zest and backbone to the blend.
In 2009, when we originally released this bottling, we held back a small number of these bottles for extended aging in our historic Diamond Mountain Caves. After ten years of contact with the yeast, this sparkling wine has gracefully developed exquisite richness, depth and complexity. It displays savory, nutty and seasoned attributes, along with a caramelized and dense fruitfulness and creaminess on the palate with the ultra-fine bubbles. We are proud to be releasing this wine to our fans, and providing you a chance to taste this delicious offering first-hand.
The 2006 Blanc de Noirs LD has matured into a complex wine. The nose is concentrated with candied orange peel and dried apricot. These fruity aromas are enhanced by layers of strawberry tart, pineapple upside-down cake and toasted bread. This sparkling wine offers flavors of fresh melon and ruby grapefruit and a long, dense finish of acacia honey, quince and lemon candy.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies
Opening with praline, butterscotch and beeswax notes with a core of apricot and strawberry preserves plus hints of hay, rose hip tea and dried flowers, the 2006 Blanc de Noirs LD gives a gorgeous spice and savory expression with delicate layers emerging on the long finish.- The Wine Advocate (October 2017)